BURNABY, B.C. — B.C. Dairy has donated $50,000 to Food Banks B.C. in partnership with 31 local restaurants serving meals featuring local dairy products. The donation has been distributed to food banks across the province. By the end of its Eat good, do good campaign, 49,735 qualifying meals had been ordered. The campaign was intended to support families struggling with food security, while simultaneously helping to drive business to restaurants recovering from the pandemic.
“The past two years have been a challenge for many in B.C., but for those facing food insecurity, it has been especially difficult,” says Ken Lobson, executive vice-president of the Old Spaghetti Factory, which had eight participating locations. “Food Banks B.C. have been there for so many, including workers in our industry who were among some of the most significantly impacted through the pandemic. There are angels at Food Bank B.C. that continue to be there for individuals and families that need help. We were excited to profile some of our menu items that are made with the delicious ingredients produced by B.C.’s dairy farmers and we applaud them for their generous support of this program.”
“For Food Banks B.C. the impact [of this campaign] is significant and two-fold,” says Dan Huang-Taylor, executive director of Food Banks B.C. “Firstly, the funds are hugely significant and come at such a critical time as more and more people turn to food banks with so many struggling to keep up with the increases we’re seeing in living costs. Secondly, the awareness that this campaign raises about the work of food banks and the importance of partnerships such as this with B.C. Dairy is of such great importance.”